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  • Day15

    Pie for

    June 24, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Stopped for breakfast in Rapid City..they had pie for breakfast., who is Paula to say no to pie?

    We already had stopped at Starbucks for coffee. Thing about pulling the trailer, it's very hard to get into places. Starbucks is notorious for small parking lots. Redd had to drop me off on the street so I could get the coffee then pick me up on the way out.

    The restuarant was called Colonial House. They had a bunch of really great photos of the building of Rapid City. Good thing about your state or town not being too old, there will be photos of the construction. SD didn't become a state until 1889 or 1890 so plenty of photos in the archives.
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  • Day14

    Black Hills/ Mount Rushmore

    June 23, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 57 °F

    Went to Mount Rushmore camp at a campground in the Black Hills the weather here is crazy drop 20 degrees in about 3 minutes we had a hail storm sunshine and a rain shower all within 10 minutes. Black Hills is not one of Paula's favorites. Deadwood was better with Swearingen and Bullock running the show. End of the day with a stop at to brew pubs minor Brewing and Firehouse Brewing a good dayRead more

  • Day12

    Yellowstone Sidetrip

    June 21, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 36 °F

    After breakfast and coffe in West Yellowstone and getting ice, we pulled into the Yellowstone gate. We decided to buy the annual pass as we thought we'd use it in The Badlands. It was snowing again as we drive into the park. The snow lends a different element to things. It makes it look like a Christmas village.

    There was literally no one on the road. I'm not sure if it was because of cold weather or because it was not yet 9am. It was so glorious.

    We drive up to Old Faithful to check on eruption times. I wanted to try and hyperlapse the eruption at sunset. Sadly either we miscalculated or Old Faithful ran slow or both. As you can see in the photo of us standing at the OF sign, there is no one there. Last year you couldn't even see the sign due to how many people were there.

    As we were leaving OF we saw another cargo trailer conversion. We stopped to talk to the people who were from Lake Tahoe and we toured their rig. Omg it was so nice. The guy was a carpenter by trade so it was professional looking.

    We decided to try to check into Canyon. We were stuck in traffic for at least 2 hours. Not sure why. So we decided to turn around and make a loop of the park and go the back way to Canyon. Got stuck for 1.5 hours in the Geiser Basin. Finally made it out of traffic. We were rewarded with 3 separate bear sightings that afternoon!

    Went down to Slough Creek to see if the golden eagle was on her nest but it looked empty and destroyed. We did see the osprey sitting in her nest in same place as last year plus hundreds of chimney swifts in mud nests behind a thermal feature

    The bison seemed to be up high in Hayden and Lamar. I think the Yellowstone is too high for the babies to cross. I saw only a few few cinnies.

    Heading back to Canyon it began snowing again. We decided to eat at the lodge rather than cook. After dinner we drive an hour to Old Faithful but never saw the eruption. It was 30 degrees and I lost the light to film. But there was absolutely no one there which is a glorious thing.

    Our side trip to Yellowstone was seriously a highlight of this trip. Even though it was cold, I loved the fact that snowed on us for 3 days. I loved how different the park looked and how it kept the crowds down.
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  • Day11


    June 20, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 54 °F

    Picked this National Forest camping spot about 30 minutes from Yellowstone. Have a mule deer as our neighbor.

    We had a pretty relaxed afternoon at this campsite. No amenities at all and quite a few people camping nearby but not so close they would bother us. Sadly another bag of trash was picked up by me from people trying to burn plastic and leaving their food wrappings all over. Don't people realize that calls bears to the campsite?

    Took a little hike down the NF road. Saw a few more mule deer but Redd was getting nervous because it was starting to look like it was going to snow. We had heard a radio report out of Boise that it was projected to snow that night, but I thought, "How can this be true? The temps are in the 40s". I guess that air temp doesn't matter when you live in high elevation.

    Redd cooked the most delicious dinner on the Blackstone griddle of french green beans and chicken breasts. We had just finished cleaning up when it began to snow. Big, thick, wet flakes of snow. I think it snowed for about an hour. Even stayed on the ground for a while.

    It really was so cold that night. I ended up sleeping in my coat and adding a blanket to the bed. I felt sorry for Chico and let him sleep with us in the bed that night.
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  • Day11

    Idaho, yet another never ending state

    June 20, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

    It's very pretty up here. Very agricultural, some feed lots 💩, and that's about it. We've seen plenty of massacre memorial sites. I'm so bored, we've taken to recreating the massacre in dialogue lol.

  • Day10

    Spring Campground

    June 19, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    Since our spur of the moment change of plans required a new campground on our new route, I had to scour all my camping apps to find something good. This campsite is only 5 miles off of I-84 but the paved road is sliding into the Snake River. I don't really want to be Evil Kenevil and jump the river but I might have to.

    We switched back to the mountain time zone about 5 minutes before the exit so it was about 8:30pm when we pulled in. It's a developed campground on BLM land. It has a pit toilet that is really clean, water at the site, a picnic table, and fire pit. All for only $5.00. Plus I had internet for a while.

    Speaking of having internet, I was able to secure a reservation at Canyon Campground in Yellowstone for Friday night. I have no idea how this happened. It's a Friday, in the summer, in YSNP. It was meant to be! Maybe because it's still cold? This morning's temp in Canyon was 31. Good thing we stopped at walmart and bought redd some pants...some skinny pants, I might add. 4 sizes down and slim fit. 😁.

    Idaho tomorrow to a campsite about an hour from the West Gate of Yellowstone.
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  • Day10

    Traveling again

    June 19, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Decided to leave the OR coast a few days early and skirt Mt. Hood enroute to....YELLOWSTONE! We felt like since were going to Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands, it didn't make sense not to at least drive thru YSNP.

    So over IPAs and cranberry/pineapple cider last night, we readjusted our travel route. Thankfully there was some free wifi to take care of business as not only were we travel planning, we were also getting an ac repairman arranged for today. Of course our old ass AC would go out when were on vacation. Stupid home ownership lol. Shout out to my dad who went and met the guys to make the repairs!
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